EUGENE, Ore. — More than 235 walkers have planned and prepared for a journey this weekend – the Great March for Climate Action 2014.
Participants will walk from Los Angeles to Washington D.C. Walkers will represent 26 states and six countries and many will be joining along the way. The march is expected to last eight months and cover eight states, with an estimated arrival of November 1, 2014.
John Abbe, a web consultant with a major in psychology, is preparing to leave for the walk. He says he’s always been aware of the environment, but in the 1990s he started making major changes.
“The fact that I want communicated, is that this is a crisis. I’m not that young but we are already seeing the impact of climate change,” says Abbe.
Mary Addams will start the march and is going as far as Arizona. She says she’s doing it for her children and grandchildren.
Pablo Howard will also join the Eugene group. “If you could walk 300 miles from L.A. to Phoenix, you could probably walk 5,000,” he says.
Also rolling along, Kelsey Juliana, a 17 year old senior at South Eugene High School. Her mom walked from L.A. to New York City in 1990, but then it was called Global Walk for a Livable World. She’ll be joining the march this summer and delaying college just to take part.
“It is the crisis of my generation, the issue that everyone, every social and environmental justice issue is facing,” says Juliana.
Juliana is an activist, and is one of two plaintiffs on a lawsuit against the Oregon state government asking for a carbon reduction plan.
The group says they realize not everyone believes climate change is an issue, but they hope to inspire action with their walk.
They’ve each raised funding to cover expenses and they’re giving up employment, even housing, to take action for the climate one step at a time.
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